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Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

First Drive: 2013 Jetta Turbo Hybrid

A sedan that s a bit more Rider than it is Captain

The average hybrid driving can be summed up in one wozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sorry, I asleep just thinking driving one. There are a few but sitting behind the steering of almost all hybrid vehicles is a snore fest. Most don t really care about a bit of a thrill behind the wheel and the main focus of a hybrid is to A-to-B transportation in an efficient

That s fine for a lot people, but are some who want to smile traffic parts, roads and road signs blur the side windows.

Is it possible to you your fuel efficiency and enjoy eating it too? It is now to the 2013 Volkswagen Jetta

Sure, other automakers produced sporty gas-electric but they re far more sporty and the economy often falls far EPA estimates. We re not against the sporty from the likes of Infiniti or Lexus (GS 450h), but you should you re fooling yourself if you think cars are green even in the The only green there is the you re spending to put more fuel in them.

VW has gone a different route its Jetta Hybrid. Has the pairing of a turbocharged four-banger with an motor and battery pack off? You can bet your fuel-sipping ass it has

It s not about what s going on the hood with the Jetta That part certainly due to the way the hybrid system behaves, but we get there in a moment. First, I to talk about the suspension. the skin of the Jetta Hybrid is the setup employed on the Jetta That car is essentially a GTI sedan, and wonderfully pliant system wonders here.

Through a of corners, this German remains as flat as the bill of James newest hat, as he wistfully looks at the TV and wonders happened. I m dealing with a car enjoys cruising around comfortably as much as it does through canyons. And I m dealing some decent canyon on this particular drive I happen to be over a mile sea level in the hills outside Fe, New Mexico.

Despite the elevation, the mill is only breathing when I ask it too. Under the sits a 1.4-liter inline engine that utilizes the of direct injection and the hearty of a turbocharger. Additionally, a lithium-ion back supplies energy to a electric motor, which total output to 170 horsepower and 184 of torque.

All of the power is routed through a DSG transmission, and on out to the front wheels.

this is the part of the my average review where I go on a rant my hatred for the DSG. I find it to be a gearbox that s incapable of the proper level of shit It s either destined to push for fuel economy by shifting top gear by 30 miles per hour, or set sport mode where it gears at red line until you to pull the car to the side of the road and the transmission with a bat a la Michael Office Space style.

the bat away and disregard the PC Load warnings, the DSG operates more the Michael Bolton that mother fell in love in the early 90 s.

Smooth. Not quite a man loves a gearbox, but pretty close.

It s not all gearbox and suspension as I alluded to earlier. The VW engineers a bit of magic to transform a 1.4-liter and a electron-loving motor into a duo. If you re concerned about economy, the 2013 Jetta is rated to return 45 miles per in combined driving.

Around town you can pop the Jetta into E-Mode, which the batter pack to be a bit more with its electricity. At speeds up to 44 per hour, this dub will run as a EV. Sure, it will only do so for 1.2 miles, but we re not dealing with a or Leaf. If you re  not concerned, there s a mode that pumps as power as possible out to the wheels the accelerator is slammed to the floor.

At point, you wouldn t be crazy to that fuel economy far from the 45 mpg level. It does but it s actually quite impressive.

It s entirely impressive though, as we do one major gripe. It lies the regenerative brakes, which are than that one uncle who up every third thanksgiving up your wife. Press the and instantly the clamps are coming out far quickly than I anticipate, in herky jerky braking.

I can smooth out the issue, but it s rather at first. Still, it s an issue s fairly easily overcome just a few hours of seat

As I said before, I was pushing the through the twisting rural outside of Santa Fe. This lots of elevation changes, sweeping turns, hard climbs, and the occasional decreasing-radius segment. I gripped the wheel, put the DSG SPORT, and got into the business of .

After I made it through a aggressive section, I glance at the central information screen between the main gauges in

Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid

30.1 MILES PER GALLON AVG

the hell is going on here? I hit 50 miles per gallon while on the highway. I wasn t trying to be but I wasn t driving aggressively either. I was merely down the freeway, and I effortless significant fuel economy

Now, I put my boot into it, and I was seeing impressive numbers.

On the it looks like a fairly Jetta. It s subtlety handsome, and the higher bring a few exterior flourishes to help out the looks. The SEL and SEL premium get the LED daytime running lamp for instance. All Jetta Hybrids, benefit from a few aero that bring the Cd down 0.30 to 0.28. On the inside, it s of the same as the Jetta Hybrid all of the equipment you ll find in non-hybrid trims, yet it gets a few extra


Bluetooth connectivity, dual-zone climate control, and a leather-trimmed wheel are standard on all Jetta Move up the trim line, and you ll up bumping into the Fender audio system and a crisp screen that displays the system and a rear view

So Volkswagen has managed to blend a fun to experience with the practicality of a drivetrain. Additionally, they ve the standard level of class-leading fit and that VW fans have to expect. It seems like a car this should cost a penny.

In fact, the car is priced competitively. The starting price for the hybrid is $24,995 and the top of the line SEL runs $31,180. In between two sit the $26,990 SE and the $29,325 SEL.

class of car should attract to the Toyota Camry Hybrid, Civic Hybrid, and, of the Toyota Prius. The Jetta is priced the same as the rest of the yet the interior feels like it a class above the competition. it can t match the fuel economy of the Prius, but none of the competition can the smile-inducing capability that the Hybrid offers up.

Full gallery of the car:

I you want a gallery of the gas-pump we stopped at as well:

[Disclosure: wanted us to drive the Jetta Hybrid, so they flew us out to the airport I’ve ever to. Seriously, Santa Fe airport has one (1) From there we were to a beautiful hotel outside of Fe, given food and drink, (the next morning, the booze wore off) the to a beige-colored car that’s far from it. ]

copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Jeff

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